July 20, 2013

The 2013 Leadership in History Awards from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Updated August 17, 2013: Slides with more information on and links to each of the winning projects are in this post in the Resources section.

Congratulations to this year's award recipients, who will be recognized at the 2013 AASLH Conference, “Turning Points: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change," on September 20th in Birmingham.  If you have changes to or suggestions for the links below, please let us know.  The list, as issued, is here.  (The 2012 winners, with links, is also available.)

You can add your history-related organization, site, event, or exhibit to The History List.  Read what other organizations say about why the are participating or learn what makes The History List valuable for history organizations.

The Albert B. Corey Award 

Southlake Historical Society

The Albert B. Corey Award recognizes primarily volunteer-operated historical organizations that best display the qualities of vigor, scholarship, and imagination in their work.  Regional chairs may recommend any primarily volunteer organization that is nominated for the Award of Merit. This is an award made at the discretion of the Awards Committee.


The Sitka Historical Society for the exhibit Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood 100-Year Panels 


The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture Mobile Website

Lakeport Plantation for the Lakeport Plantation Permanent Exhibits


Mesa Historical Museum  for Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience


Louis P. Doody, Betty Kikumi Meltzer, and Malki Museum’s Malki-Ballena Press for the publication Losing Ground: The Displacement of San Gorgonio Pass Cahuilla People in the 19th Century

Gerald W. Haslam and Janice E. Haslam for the publication In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakwa 

Museum of Teaching and Learning and Ray Rast for the exhibit  A Class Action: The Grassroots Struggle for School Desegregation in California

Oakland Museum of California, Lee Simpson, and the California State University, Sacramento, Public History Principles and Techniques Class, Fall 2011 for the exhibit What's Happening Sacramento?


Aspen Historical Society  for the exhibit  Seasons of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People  

City of Fort Collins Preservation Division and Landmark  for the preservation and interpretation of the Coca-Cola/Angell’sDelicatessen Ghost Sign

History Colorado for excellence in preserving and interpreting the history of Colorado

History Colorado for the publication of  A Civil War Scrapbook: I Was There Too!

Ann E. Komara for the publication Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park


Deborah Edwards, Dr. Mark Jones, Amy Trout, and Dr. Cynthia Roznoy for the exhibit Art for Everyone: The Federal Art Project in Connecticut

Litchfield Historical Society  for the publication Litchfield, The Making of a New England Town

The New London County Historical Society, Mystic Seaport, The Stonington Historical Society, The New London Maritime Society, and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum for the exhibit The Rocket's Red Glare - Connecticut and the War of 1812

Writer's Block Ink and Connecticut Landmarks for the project Stories of Slavery and Freedom 

District of Columbia 

President Lincoln's Cottage, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, for the exhibit Can You Walk Away? Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking in the United States


John H. Hendricks for the publication Following the Tracks of Daniel Callahan 

History Miami for the exhibit The Guayabera: A Shirt's Story. This nominee is also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.


Georgia Historical Society for Today in Georgia History


John H. Mock for his passionate dedication to preserving the heritage of Lewiston, ID


John Adelmann and the students of Dubuque’s Central Alternative High School for The Dubuque Shot Tower  project

Living History Farms  for the exterior shell restoration of the Flynn Mansion (fundraising video; description upon completion)


Joliet Area Historical Museum  for the exhibit Strike Up The Band! 100 Years of the Joliet Township H.S. Bands

Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences and Channy Lyons for the exhibit Skirting Convention:  Illinois Women Artists, 1840-1940


Maine State Museum  for the exhibit Malaga Island, Fragmented Live.  This nominee is also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.


Gordon E. Katz for the publication "102 Gentlemen & A Lady" The Story of the Atlantic Hotel Company in Ocean City, Maryland

Julia A. King for the publication Archaeology, Narrative, and the Politics of the Past The View from Southern Maryland 


Judy Anderson for the publicationGlorious Splendor - The 18th-Century Wallpapers in the Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, Massachusetts

Gore Place for My Farm at Waltham: Outdoor Multimedia Tours at Gore Place

Historic New England,  AVA Gallery and Art Center, and CATV of the Upper Valley  for the documentary  Connecting the Threads: Overalls to Art - The H.W. Carter and Sons Factory

Lowell National Historical Park and The University of Massachusetts, Lowell for the exhibit Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation

Newbury Preservation Trust, Thomas Kolterjahn, and Karen Holt for the Newburyport Powder House Restoration Project

Calantha Doane Sears for a lifelong commitment to preserving the history of Nahant, MA

U.S.S. Constitution Museum for the project A Sailor’s Life for Me! (featured in a case study on The History List.)


Historical Society of Saginaw County for Project 1893: Unearthing Saginaw's Great Fire

Sandra L. Planisek for chronicling and preserving the history of the village of Mackinaw City, MI


Alexander Ramsey House and Minnesota Historical Society  for the Ramsey Redevelopment Project

Bill and Bonnie Daniels Firefighters Hall and Museum for the exhibit 81 Minutes: Story of the 35W Bridge Collapse

Brown Historic Society  for the exhibit Never Shall I Forget: Brown County and the U.S.-Dakota War

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Claudia Pratt, and Amanda Nordick for the exhibit Hjemkomst Sagas: One Dream, A Viking Ship, Many Stories

Minnesota Historical Society  for the exhibit Then Now Wow

Minnesota Historical Society  for the project The U.S. Dakota War of 1862.  This nominee is also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.

Nicollet County Historical Society and Gustavus Adolphus College  for the exhibit Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862

Gwen Westerman and Bruce White  for the publication  Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota 


Missouri History Museum  for the exhibit Underneath It All


Nancy Plain for the publication Light on the Prairie: Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska’s Pioneer Days

L. Robert Puschedorf for the publication Nebraska's Post Office Murals: Born of the Depression, Fostered by the New Deal


University of Nevada Press for the publication The Gold Rush Letters of E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh 

New Jersey 

John Whiteclay Chambers, II, for the publication Cranbury: A New Jersey Town from the Colonial Era to the Present 

Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission for the West Jersey Time Traveler Interpretive Program 

New York

The New York State Museum for the exhibit An Irrepressible Conflict:The Empire State in the Civil War

Shaker Heritage Society  for the Virtual Watervliet.  This nominee is also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.

North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of History  Award of Merit for the exhibit History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery

The Awards Committee, at its discretion, may present an Award of Merit to a nominee whose work is highly inspirational, exhibits exceptional scholarship, or is exceedingly entrepreneurial in terms of funding, partnerships, or collaborations, creative problem solving, or unusual project design and inclusiveness. 

North Dakota  

State Historical Society of North Dakota for the documentary The People of the Upper Missouri: The Mandans


The Betts House for the exhibit The Big Shake: How the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes Rocked the Ohio River Valley


Oregon Historical Society for the exhibit Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon History


PA Civil War 150, Senator John Heinz History Center, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation  for the publication The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History

Senator John Heinz History Center for the exhibit From Slavery to Freedom

Rhode Island 

Rhode Island Historical Society for the John Brown House Museum Audio Tour

Hearthside House Museum  for the exhibit Color and Light: Early 20th Century Portraits of Hearthside

South Carolina 

Spirit of ’45 Committee and Travelers Rest Historical Society for the Spirit of '45 Celebration

South Dakota 

South Dakota Humanities Council for the publication What Makes a South Dakotan

The Center for Western Studies at Augustana College  for the 44th Dakota Conference


Oaklands Historic House Museum for Wedding Dresses Through the Decades (video)


Texas Archive of the Moving Image for their new website


Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Canada’s Mormon Trail Steering Committee, for the Southern Alberta Historic Markers and App Project


Vermont Agency of Transportation, the New York State Department of Transportation,  and the Federal Highway Commission for the Lake Champlain Bridge Commemoration Project.  This nominee is also the recipient of a History in Progress Award.

Peacham Historical Association, Jutta R. Scott, Michelle A. Sherburne, and Lynn A.Bonfield  for the publication A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham's Story

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for the exhibit “More Than Two Works”: The Life and Legacy of Calvin Coolidge 


Community Design Assistance Center, Virginia Tech for the publication Lost Communities of Virginia

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation for Anna's Adventures Video Series

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission for the Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access

Loudoun County Public Schools for the Frederick Douglas Elementary School Memorial Exhibit

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media for the website teachinghistory.org

Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission  for the Civil War 150 History Mobile


Granite Falls Historical Society for the project Technology Journey

Museum of History and Industry for the exhibitTrue Northwest:The Seattle Journey

West Virginia 

National Park Service, Southeast Region for the Hispanics and the Civil War: From Battlefield to Homefront Initiative

West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc. for the exhibit "No More Wiggle-Tail Water": Interpreting the History of Morgantown's Water Supply


Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School, Department of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Arijit Sen for the project Picturing Milwaukee: Thurston Woods Pilot Study

History Museum at the Castle for the exhibitProgressive Appleton: Through the Lens of W.D. Schlafer

Martin C. Perkins for his scholarship in the field of historic preservation and the significant role he played in the development of Old World Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Society Press and Wisconsin Public Television for the publication Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries

 Wisconsin Library Services for Recollection Wisconsin

 Wisconsin Public Radio for the audio essay series Wisconsin Life


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